Monday Music News Sep17

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE’S Isom Innis and Mark Foster have embarked on a new side project that they’ve dubbed Smims and Belle. The endeavour, which is set to showcase the musicians’ electronica music talents, is also allowing the likes of David Bowie and The Clash to infiltrate their new sound, which FTP say will also likely filter into the next Foster the People record, along with some African beats and “more colour.”

MORRISSEY, who recently re-released his landmark 1998 debut album Viva Hate, is leaving his UK home to take on almost three dozen live dates stateside, as he kicks off a North American tour on October 5 in Boston, Massachusetts. The UK was only graced with one Morrissey show this year (July 28 at Manchester Arena), but the U.S. will get a whopping 33, including stops in NYC (10.10), Burlington, Vermont (10.16), Chicago (10.27), Denver (11.3), Los Angeles (11.24), and Hotlanta, which probably won’t be quite as hot on December 3.

LOLLAPALOOZA, the annual Chicago music fest that rocked the city’s Grant Park with such acts as The Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, and Jack White this past summer, is set to expand to Israel next year, for a three-day Lolla event that will take place in Tel Aviv. The Lolla organisers add the Israeli fest to additional satellite Lollapaloozas that have included Brazil and Chile – the Tel Aviv Lolla will take place August 20-22 2013, just a couple of week’s after Lollapalooza’s foundation Chicago event August 2-4 2013.

PYXIS POINTS | Blur now have their very own interactive iPhone app – simply called Blur: The App – that you can download for free via the iTunes store | Death Cab singer Ben Gibbard will be promoting his new solo ablum, Former Lives, with a North American tour next month supported by Advance Base and Damien Jurado as opening acts | Simian Mobile Disco are set to drop their new A Form of Change EP on October 6 | The 2012 V Mobile FreeFest will also be happening on October 6, albeit in Columbia, Maryland with Jack White, Alabama Shakes, and M83 among the headliners | If you haven’t heard Arctic Monkey Matt Helders’ remix of Paul Weller’s single “That Dangerous Age,” go find it now | and Brit-rockers Status Quo are set to film a movie in Fiji, in which they’ll star as themselves. – Kristi Kates